10 ways to end your novel

10 ways to end your novel

While we remain home-bound, one can indulge in an activity or hobby that they had perhaps paused on doing due to the hassle and bustle of everyday life; work, traffic, getting kids ready for school, helping them with homework, running a business and so on.

Say one of your hobbies is writing, and you want to use this time to finally finish that novel you have been writing for almost 2 years (it happens), I hope you have got your creative goggles on, here are some ways we are sharing with you to help in ending your novel.

The circular ending; this is a story that does a full circle and then comes back to the beginning. This kind of ending offers possibilities for irony and satire. As the reader is encouraged to compare the before and the after, they get to see the disproportion between the way things are and the way they either ought to be or the way we wish they were. The contrast, bitter or sweet, is plain to see.

The surprise ending; is where the story takes us to a place we least expected. When done right, these types of endings can make a book live in the readers memory for years. A surprise ending may change the audience’s perception of the preceding events. It may also introduce a new conflict that places the story in a different context. Subtle misdirection is the key achieving this kind of ending

The reflection ending; where the character looks at everything they have achieved, experiences, and what they have gone through. This type of ending gives the character a chance to think and feel more deeply about the happenings in the story. It helps them to take some time to explore their deepest feelings about the experience and even come up with a fresh and surprising insight or two.

The humour ending; leaves the reader laughing at a line or an inside joke to the story. Before writing such an ending, it is important to think about your own personal sense of humour and how you want to mine that to produce a humour ending.

The image ending; an ending that puts the ‘show don’t tell rule’ to good use, and describes a scene.

The moral ending; is an ending whereby you see the character’s growth throughout the novel and how far they have come. This type of ending helps even the reader learn an important life lesson through the characters. The most difficult part of the moral ending is figuring out what exactly the moral of your story is. Think about your characters, their goals and objectives, and how those characters/goals develop throughout the story.

The capturing emotional ending; leaves the reader feeling emotional, whether that is happy or sad, for the characters and the story. Before you write an emotionally engaging end to your story, you have to know why it is important that your readers are engaged.

The cliffhanger story; very common in novel series’ and is an ending that leaves the reader on the edge of their seat. A curiously abrupt ending is what this type of story offers. It causes suspense and leaves unanswered questions that make the reader want to come back and learn what happened.

The question ending; this is an ending that leaves the reader thinking about what is going to happen next. Ending with a question is an effective strategy to use when you want your ending to be remembered. Play around with different questions and see what works best. You wouldn’t want to end your paper with anything that didn’t make your work stand out, would you?

The dialogue ending; this is an ending that finishes with a dialogue from characters. Ending a story this way can really allow your reader to feel connected to the characters because characters are sharing the story’s ending rather than the author.